Poughkeepsie High School



70 Forbus Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: (845) 451-4850
Fax: (845) 451-4807

School Hours

Breakfast: 7:00 AM
Arrival: 7:40 AM
Dismissal: 3:26 PM


Please be aware of the following important calendar changes for students at Poughkeepsie High School.

June 3rd is a local exam day. Only students taking exams are required to attend.  Teachers have notified students of their scheduled  exam(s).

- All 9th grade students will be be taking the Common Core Algebra 1 Exam

- Ms. Fogarty’s Dutchess Community College English 102 classes will be taking their local exam

Exams run from 9am-12:00pm.  Students should report to the school by 8:30am.

Also,  June 16th will be the LAST day of regular classes at PHS
Please remember that Monday, June 2nd is a REGULAR school day and all students should be in attendance.


PHS Bell Schedule

Faculty Meeting Bell Schedule

DATES – Faculty Meetings 2013-2014

Administrative Staff

Acting Principal Mrs. Phee Simpson

High School Administrators
Mrs. Phee Simpson Acting Principal
Ms. Yvonne Palmer Assistant Principal 9th Grade
Assistant Principal 10th Grade
Mr. Da’Ron Wilson Assistant Principal 11th Grade
Assistant Principal 12th Grade


Poughkeepsie High School Profile 2012-13

Please click on this link to view the Poughkeepsie High School Profile 2012-13.

Principally Speaking

Please read most recent edition of “Principally Speaking,” the Principal’s monthly newsletter:

PHS Newsletter January 2014

PHS Newsletter December 2013

PHS Newsletter November 2013

Guidance Services

Click Here to Visit the Guidance Webpage

Parent/Teacher/Student Association (PTSA)

Please visit the High School’s PTSA’s webpage for the organization’s latest news.  Just click Here.


Pearson School Design / Ninth Grade Academy
The Pearson School Design is a standards based, research proven model that is currently used nationwide. To improve student test scores state wide, increase the attendance as well as the graduation rate, the District introduced the Ninth Grade Academy into the instructional program in September 2007. All entering 9th graders are a part of this Small Learning Community. The Assistant Principal is the administrator coordinating this initiative. Teams of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies teachers are responsible for providing instruction to particular groups of 9th grade students. They are supported by a guidance counselor, literacy coach and math coach. The data shows that students in the 9th grade academy during the 2007-2008 school year had better attendance as well as an increased percentage passing the four core subjects as compared to students in the 9th grade in the 2006-2007 school year.

Course Offerings

Poughkeepsie High School offers a variety of challenging courses, including Advance Placement courses which may be accepted by colleges and universities as college credit, and dual credit courses which earn high school students both high school and college credits simultaneously.

There are eight Advanced Placement courses offered and six dual credit Dutchess Community College courses offered including:  English 101, English 102, Ecology I, Ecology II, Health and Human Services and Participation in Government.

Student Activities

For a list of some of the extracurricular activities offered at Poughkeepsie High School, please click here.

Poughkeepsie Education Foundation Scholarship

A Poughkeepsie Education Foundation Scholarship is awarded each year to one graduating senior from Poughkeepsie High School. This $4,000 award entitles the recipient to $1,000 annually for up to four years of college studies. For additional information about this scholarship, please click here.

I. Ann Davidson Scholarship

The I. Ann Davidson Scholarship consists of payments of $1,000 for each year of undergraduate study up to four years. For additional information about this scholarship, please click here.

Affirmative Action Officers’ Association Scholarship

The New York State Affirmative Action Officers Association has established the Curtis Ray Forbes Academic Scholarship Award to present two $500.00 scholarships for the 2014 academic year. One student from Dutchess County and one from Schenectady County will be selected for this award.  For additional information, please click here.

District Code of Conduct


Favorite High School Websites

MOODLE homepage, PCSD login
Athletic Websites
Foreign Language
Physical Education Department Website
Science Department Website
Social Studies

Student Survey 2014

PCSD students are asked to participate in New York State Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) survey.

We appreciate your participation in this very important survey.

Please click on the link below to take the survey.


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